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Getting Up to the Next Level with Barre3

  • Daisy Shaw

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Barre3’s Manhattan location.
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Barre 3 co-founder Sadie Lincoln.

In contrast to the frantic corner of Sixth Avenue and Eighth Street sits the new and calm Barre3 studio . An import from Portland, Oregon, this workout system was developed by notable wellness expert Sadie Lincoln and co-founded by Sadie and husband Chris Lincoln . With more than 70 studios worldwide, this is Barre3’s first in Manhattan.

As I am no stranger to ballet-bar-inspired classes, I was curious to see what this studio had to offer that was different. The Barre3 method is equal parts, yoga, Pilates, and ballet bar, and targets arms, legs, and core, to achieve shapely legs, a lifted seat, a strong core, and a toned upper body. Therefore, I was totally game.

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Andrea Mason (far right) visited the New York studio for its opening.

The warm-up, similar to those in other Barre classes, involves all of the body. You may find yourself in a yoga warrior two that flows into a moving lunge, or in a ballet plié that morphs into squats. The core tension is seemingly never-ending, as a mixture of Barre and Pilates curve and yoga ab-centric postures are held nonstop. Oh, did I say that already? But, Barre3 is as hard as you make it. Scaling down the intensity isn’t frowned upon but encouraged for those who need to, as Barre3 philosophy is about a workout that is accessible to attendees of any age—young whippet, new mother, salt-and-pepper. Girls and guys alike will sweat and shake throughout class. Yes, guys take this class, as well as a host of A-listers—__ Christie Brinkley __was in the one I attended.

The next day I definitely felt sore in my abdominals and inner thighs. I also felt the familiar ache of well-stretched muscles after a yoga class. The three practices in one keeps things interesting even for the veteran workout-ers out there. If you like Barre classes for the dance element, there may not be enough of that for you, but the yoga-flow sequences and Pilates elements keep the class engaging and challenging. Hey, you might like it so much that you even become a studio franchisee, which happened to Andrea Mason of Oklahoma.

In Mason's words, “After taking Barre3 for the very first time, I knew this was something special. It is not only a sophisticated and smart way to work out, but it supports the entire family and is now something I crave on a daily basis. It's a lifestyle. After deciding to make Oklahoma City our permanent residence, I knew that I couldn't live without Barre3 and that bringing a studio of this type to that market was the perfect way for us to imprint increased overall health in that community.” But if being a franchisee is not for you, there’s the Barre3 app for workout portability, or you can sign up online for your own personal Barre3 regime at home. "Warrior," "extend," and "plié" never sounded so good.

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